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ALL SEXED OUT?

First The Osbournes, and now this: In an interview with Fox News Channel on Monday, Sex and the City actress Cynthia Nixon said the show's upcoming sixth season would be its last. HBO insiders, however, insist no decision has been made. Series star Sarah Jessica Parker recently gave birth to her first child, son James Wilke Broderick. Nixon's second child is due next month. read more

IMMINENT VERDICT

Finally, Winona Ryder's shoplifting trial is history. The case went to the jury Monday after the prosecution and defense presented closing arguments. "She came, she stole, she left — end of story," said prosecutor Ann Rundle. Defense attorney Mark Geragos, meanwhile, portrayed the actress as a victim of a Saks conspiracy. The jury begins deliberations today. read more

Question: Wasn't Chyler Leigh ...

Question: Wasn't Chyler Leigh on That '80s show? Why was that show canceled?

Televisionary: For the same reason her new one, girls club has just followed in its footsteps: It stunk and got lousy ratings. (I should point out that I'm not laying the blame at her feet for either series, though; she does as well as she can, given the roles she's landed.)

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COLD SWEATS

Reese Witherspoon is poised to play a U.S. Marshal hunting for a murderer in the Antarctic-set thriller Whiteout. The film — which Witherspoon will also produce under her new pact with Universal — is based on Greg Rucka's graphic novel series. read more

NO IFS, ANDS OR BUTTS

The Motion Picture Assn. of America has slapped Steven Soderbergh's upcoming sci-fi romance Solaris with an R rating allegedly because two scenes feature George Clooney's bare rump. Soderbergh — who plans to appeal the ruling — insists he will not cut the film. Glad someone's thinking about the bottom line. read more

Question: Please help prove ...

Question: Please help prove me right. Maybe it's my age (I'm only 22), but as far as I'm concerned, Dallas was the first prime-time soap on TV. My sister says Dynasty. Who's right? — Vicki M., Parkman, Wyo.

Televisionary: Neither of you, though you're in a little better shape since Dallas debuted in 1978 and Dynasty didn't come on the scene until three years later. The progenitor of both, the one that demonstrated the public appetite for nighttime soaps, was ABC's Peyton Place, which hit the air more than 15 years before anyone even thought of shooting J.R.

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Question: I heard something ...

Question: I heard something about ultra-gorgeous actor Freddie Prinze Jr. guesting on Friends on October 31st — something involving a male nanny. Can you give me any information about that? — Allison, Little Egg Harbor, N.J.

Televisionary: But of course, though it's not scheduled for Oct. 31, however ultra-terrifying an F.P. Jr. appearance would be to anyone who's had to sit through one of his movies. It's Nov. 7.

Prinze Jr. will indeed play a male nanny Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) hires to take care of her baby in the hit sitcom's 200th episode. Because it's a sweeps event, Paul Rudd, who co-starred with Aniston in The Obje read more

Question: I love State of ...

Question: I love State of Grace. Is Tommy going to show up again? And when is State of Grace coming back? — Lauren, Willingboro, N.J.

Televisionary: Unfortunately, Grace isn't returning, so neither is Tommy. ABC Family decided against renewing the critical darling due to low ratings, so unless the producers can convince another network to back it and pick it up, Grace is a goner. (And believe me, you've got good company in your heartbreak. My mom lived for that show.)

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Question: What happened to ...

Question: What happened to the program That Was Then? Did ABC cancel it? If so, why? — Jodi G., Los Angeles, Cal.

Televisionary: Read between the colon and the first period in the previous answer. Sorry.

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TWO ACTORS LOST

Jonathan Harris, who portrayed dastardly doc Zachary Smith on the classic '60s series Lost in Space, died Sunday from a blood clot in his heart. He was 87. More recently, Harris was known for his voiceover work in A Bug's Life and Toy Story 2. Also, actress Cheryl "Rainbeaux" Smith, star of such '70s exploitation favorites as Caged Heat, Revenge of the Cheerleaders and Laserblast, died on Oct. 25 in her native Los Angeles of complications from hepatitis. She was 47. read more

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